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  • Do Kalāvilāsa dhurries bleed colour ?
    The cotton dhurries from Kalāvilāsa do not bleed colour when they are washed with cold water using a mild detergent like Ezee or Genteel. The wool dhurries from Kalāvilāsa do not bleed colour when they are washed with a pH-balanced shampoo and a soft-bristled brush.
  • Can I use my dhurrie outdoors ? Will it fade in the sun ?
    When placed outdoors, dhurries gather more dust than when they are indoors. Cotton dhurries, which can be easily maintained at home, are better suited for outdoors usage. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will result in fading of the colours of the dhurrie.
  • Can I machine-wash my small dhurrie ?
    In general, we don’t advise you to wash a dhurrie in the machine. However, you can wash a small cotton dhurrie measuring 2ft x 3ft in the gentle wash cycle without the spin dry phase.
  • Should I dry clean or steam clean my dhurrie ?
    Neither. They can cause irreversible damage to the dhurrie. Instead, find a service provider who will hand-wash the dhurrie with a pH-balanced shampoo or a mild detergent like Ezee. While the cotton dhurrie can be cleaned with a hard brush, use a soft-bristled brush for the wool dhurrie.
  • What’s the best way to care for my dhurrie ?
    - Regularly vacuum the dhurrie to remove the dirt and grime. - Once or twice a month is adequate, depending on how heavily the dhurrie is used. - Reverse the dhurrie once every six months to ensure even wear over time. The design is identical on both sides. - Wash the dhurrie once every year or two.
  • I spilled something on my dhurrie! What should I do ?
    Using a kitchen towel, blot the spill until it is dry. Use 3M’s Scotchgard™ Fabric & Carpet Cleaner if the stain persists. If nothing works, write to us and we will surely help you.
  • How do I remove pet hair from my dhurrie ?
    Depending on the amount of hairs shed by the pet, you can either shake the dhurrie every day, or vacuum it to remove the pet hair.
  • What is a dhurrie ?
    Dhurrie is the name of a traditional flat-weave rug of India, which has always been woven by hand. Unlike a carpet, a flat-weave rug does not have any pile.
  • What is a "punja" dhurrie ?
    A punja dhurrie is woven using the tapestry weaving technique, which produces a graphic design on a strong, tightly-woven dhurrie. It is a plain weft-faced weave having weft threads of different colours worked over portions of the warp to form the design. Thus a reversible design is produced, which looks the same on both sides of the dhurrie. The word punja refers to a metallic claw-like tool which is used to pack the weft yarns. The design of the punja weaving looms has remained unchanged for centuries. Weaving is painstakingly slow, but the bright colours, geometric designs and sturdy flat-weaves are well worth the tremendous effort which goes into making a punja dhurrie. The weaver uses the design drawn or printed on paper, and skillfully inserts the dyed yarn between the warp threads.
  • How is a "punja" dhurrie different from other dhurries ?
    A punja dhurrie is sturdy, reversible, lighter, longer lasting, and more beautiful than other dhurries. Its long life makes it a worthy family heirloom.
  • How thick are the dhurries ?
    Thickness of a cotton dhurrie is 3mm, and of a wool dhurrie is 5mm.
  • Do you use synthetic fibers in making the dhurries ?
    No. All dhurries from Kalāvilāsa are only made using natural fibers.
  • Which dhurries are suitable for hot and cold climates ?
    Both the cotton and the wool dhurries are suitable for hot and cold climates. When using the dhurrie as a rug to sit on, a cotton dhurrie is more suitable for hot climates.
  • Can I find a product by its colours?
    You can search the products by its colour, by using the search function located on the top left corner on your PC/Laptop browser, and towards the right on your mobile browser.
  • Do you ship items internationally ?
    Yes. Dhurries are shipped internationally. As the dhurries are heavy, they are shipped using the reliable, inexpensive, but a tad slow service of India Post. Payment of customs duty, if any, is the responsibility of the buyer.
  • Do you fulfill custom orders ?
    Yes. Kalāvilāsa specialises in customising the designs as per the needs of the buyer. We even make bespoke dhurries.
  • Do you offer exchange or return ?
    In general, we do not offer exchanges or return. In the rare event that something is amiss in the item which you received, then reach out to us at Read more on the Shipping & Return Policy page.
  • I want to know the status of my product. How do I find out about it ?
    You will get all the updates on WhatsApp and email. However you can always write to us at
  • Where can I shop Kalāvilāsa dhurries for a hands-on experience ?
    Our studio is tucked in a quiet lane in Bangalore. We take studio visits by appointment. You can call us on +91 98452-05420 or write to us on to book the appointment.
  • Is the dhurrie safe for my toddler ?
    Yes. Both cotton and wool dhurries are safe for the toddler.
  • Do I need a rug pad ?
    You don’t need a rug pad for securing a Kalāvilāsa dhurrie on most floors. For super smooth floors, a rug pad becomes necessary.
  • Why should I avoid using a rotary vacuum ?
    They pull the fringes and disturb the woven fabric of the dhurrie. They can also cause damage to the wool fiber and thereby reduce the life of the dhurrie.
  • I received my dhurrie and it’s rumpling instead of laying flat. What should I do ?
    The dhurries need a few weeks to adjust to their new environment and position. You can keep some heavy books on the dhurrie to help it along.
  • I received my dhurrie and it’s size is not exactly the same as that mentioned while purchasing the dhurrie. What should I do ?
    The dhurrie purchased by you is entirely handmade on a loom. Unlike a fabric, it is not cut by a scissor to make its size of the exact same dimensions as mentioned on the product page. So it’s possible for the dhurrie to be an inch or two longer and wider. Sometimes, it may be shorter by half an inch.
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